In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week-long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the seminal book "Hitchcock/Truffaut"—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo. Hitchcock's singular vision is elucidated and brought vividly to life by today's leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.
- Hitchcock / Truffaut review by RS
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Judged purely as a film, this is no more than a TV-style documentary with notable directors talking about Hitchcock’s films, together with extracts from the famous week-long interview that resulted in Truffaut’s ground-breaking book on his work. For anyone who loves cinema it’s nevertheless a fascinating document. Both directors were great filmmakers who believed, in Hitchcock’s words, in ‘pure cinema’. There are plenty of great clips from Hitchcock’s films to illustrate this, with extended analyses of Vertigo and Psycho. The extras, including Q&As with director Kent Smith, are also worth watching.